Oregon Movies, A to Z

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Oregon Films

All of the following films have some Oregon connection. Either they were shot here, or were based on a book by an Oregon author, or were inspired by the life of a real life Oregonian, or they feature the work of an Oregon director, writer, actor or musician, composer, cinematographer, you name it.


Abe Lincoln In Illinois

All The Young Men

And She Was


Babes In Toyland

Beauty and the Beast

Bend of the River

Big Sleep, The

Blues Brothers, The

Body Double

Body Of Evidence

Born To Dance

Chechahcos, The

City Girl

Come See The Paradise

Day Called X

Dr. Giggles

Drugstore Cowboy

Early Abstractions

Fantastic Mr. Fox, The

Fast Break


Fletch Lives

Forest Rangers, The

Free Willy

General, The

Gentle Giant

Getting Straight

Golden Earrings

Goonies, The

Great Race, The

Heaven and Earth Magic

Indian Fighter

It’s A Wonderful Life

Jungle Book

Keep ‘Em Flying

Kindergarten Cop

Lathe of Heaven, The

Leave Me Alone

Lusty Men, The

MacKenna’s Gold


Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

Nude On The Moon

October Country


One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest


Paint Your Wagon

Point Break

Park Ave Logger

Portland Expose

Rachel and the Stranger


Ring of Fire


Seven Brides For Seven Brothers

Simpsons Movie, The

Shakespeare Wallah


Sleeping Beauty

Song Of The Open Road


Stand By Me

Sweet & Low

Thelma & Louise

There’s No Business Like Show Business

Thunderhead, Son of Flicka


Uncle Tom’s Apartment

Way West, The

Where The Wild Things Are

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?



13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sam Downey // May 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Claire of the Moon was an interesting film about lesbian lovers. It was directed by Nicole Conn and starred Trish Todd and Karen Trumbo. It had a Portland cast and crew and Michael Harrison did a beautiful musical soundtrack. It became a cult classic and should be included here as an Oregon film.

  • 2 Anne Richardson // May 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you, Sam! I would love to know more about Claire of the Moon. Anybody out there who has seen it? Please feel free to submit a review/description.

  • 3 Steve Lindsley // Jan 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Hi, Anne.
    I just discovered your website and few made in Oregon movies came to mind. Parts of “The Grand Tour” was filmed in, and around Oakland, OR. It’s about a meteor that destroys a small town and it has time travelers. I watched part of “Fire in the Sky” being filmed in Douglas County, including Oakland, OR. “Short Circuit” was partly shot in Astoria. I also watched parts of the movie “Dead by Sunset” filmed in Portland. I also interviewed two of the young cast members (brothers).

    Steve Lindsley

  • 4 Scott // Nov 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    There is also “Foxfire” with Angelina Jolie and Jenny Lewis. “Hear No Evil” starring Marlee Matlin, D.B. Sweeney and Martin Sheen. “Management” starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Zahn and Woody Harrelson. “My Own Private Idaho” starring Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix. “Paranoid Park,”"Elephant,” and “Mala Noche” by Portland filmmaker Gus Van Sant. “Untraceable” starring Diane Lane. The original “Twilight” was shot around Vancouver WA and Portland. “Extraordinary Measures” starring Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford and Keri Russel. “Ring 2″ and parts of the original were shot in Astoria. “Follow the Prophet” and “Feast of Love.” “Gone” recently finished up starring Amanda Seyfried. Some scenes in “He’s Just Not that Into You.” “Meeks Cutoff,” Wendy and Lucy” and “Old Joy” by filmmaker Kelly Reichardt. “Men of Honor” starring Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Charlize Theron. “The Postman” starring and directed by Kevin Costner. Currently “Leverage” (starting the second season to current), “Portlandia” starring SNL Fred Armisen and “Grimm” are currently in production. I know there’s more, but those are the only ones I can think of right now.

  • 5 Gus Frederick // Dec 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Don’t forget “World War III,” one of Rock Hudson’s last films, albeit a “Made For TV” one. I was a PA on the Second Unit crew, that shot up at Timberline Lodge. Produced by Finnigan & Associates. Notable in that the director, Boris Sagal, (father of Katy and husband to “Snow White’s” roto-double Marge Champion), walked into the tail rotor of a Bell helicopter. Needless to say, he did not survive…

  • 6 Katie // Jan 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Don’t forget “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, shot at Grant High in the 1990’s, and The Shining.

  • 7 Anne Richardson // Jan 23, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I went to Grant High School, so I will never forget Mr. Holland’s Opus. I even had a very inspiring music teacher, Eugene Kaza.

    I believe some of the music classroom interiors were shot at Marylhurst University. I know they didn’t use the Grant High band room for those interior scenes.

    Almost none of the Timberline Lodge exterior footage you see in The Shining was shot on Mt. Hood. Kubrick built a replica in England.

    I haven’t gotten yet to the year Mr. Holland’s Opus was made. I am just now leaving 1993 and heading into 1994.

    But I’ll get there!

  • 8 David // Apr 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    How about “One Flew Over The Cuckcoo’s Nest”? I was a high school student taking a class on ‘film as literature’ at the same time it was being shot here in Salem – had a great field trip to go watch a day of shooting….

  • 9 Anne Richardson // Apr 3, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Exactly right! How come I never noticed that?! Thanks, David. I fixed it.

  • 10 tmnathe // Apr 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Then there is “The Last of the Wild Horses” (1948). Filmed in Jacksonville, Oregon.

    Mystery Science Theater 3000 lampooned it in their 1994 (episode 611) broadcast.

  • 11 Anne Richardson // Apr 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    LOVE to see it!

  • 12 brad // Aug 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    The Vernonia Incident and Emperor of the North (pole) and The Chartruse Caboose

  • 13 Anne Richardson // Aug 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Is this an additional list of Oregon films? Thank you for alerting me to The Vernonia Incident. I knew about Emperor of the North. Never hear of The Chartroose Caboose!

    IMDB lists both films, but says The Chartroose Caboose is a lost film. I’d love to see Slim Pickens in a starring role.

    Thank you for adding data to Oregon Movies, A to Z.

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